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Video: Illinois home prices rise in March #IARMarketStats

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 9:38am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® tracks data showing that median home prices rose in March, 2014. At the same time, there was a decline in the number of homes sold versus March 2013. Learn more about the market with this … Continue reading →

Illinois home prices rise in March, inventory remains tight but improved

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 9:34am
Illinois home sales decreased 11.6 percent over previous-year levels in March while median prices increased 9.7 percent, according to the March housing report released today by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Some insights into the latest market statistics: “Low housing … Continue reading →

Be Ready for Broker Renewal Deadline. Last Chance Post License Webinar!

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:32am
Still need to complete broker post-license requirements for your renewal? The IAR Licensing and Training Center is offering one last webinar before the April 30 deadline.

Morning Minute: In time for spring housing market, mortgage rates at six week low

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:16am
The spring home buying season is here and buyers heading out to look for a home will have the added incentive of affordable, low mortgage interest rates. Freddie Mac reported that rates for a 30-year fixed mortgage averaged 4.27 percent last … Continue reading →

Let’s Talk Real Estate with Congressmen Roskam, Shimkus and Gutiérrez

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 9:00am
Register now for face-to-face meetings with U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam, John Shimkus and Luis Gutiérrez in their congressional districts. Illinois REALTORS® will have a chance to talk about the issues affecting real estate in IAR’s ongoing series, “Let’s Talk Real … Continue reading →

IAR graduates Leadership Development class

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:39pm
  Members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Leadership Development class finished up the program Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The class was selected by a committee, and seeks to identify and groom talented REALTOR® members to take on a greater … Continue reading →

Countdown to Broker Renewal Deadline: You still need CE even if your license is in a “holding company”

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:00am
By April 30, 2014, Illinois Broker licensees must have completed the continuing education (CE) requirements and applied to renew their license through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Here is a frequently asked question as we get … Continue reading →

Aurora REALTORS® host weekend Homeownership Expo

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:56pm
  In the Summer of 2013 the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® and the REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley identified the City of Aurora as a community that would benefit from an Employer Assisted Housing (EAH) Program. The City of … Continue reading →

What do REALTORS® need to know about hydraulic fracturing?

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:12pm
  Illinois could soon finalize the rules that will govern hydraulic fracturing in the state. To help get ready, IAR created a Task Force to study the process that injects sand, water and chemicals deep into the earth to force … Continue reading →

Schedule, work changes announced for the Habitat Build in Murphysboro

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:36pm
  Interested in working on the habitat for Humanity home in Murphysboro? There are two sets of dates left for volunteers to lend a hand, and there are some important developments to be aware of. The work scheduled for may … Continue reading →

Register for Let’s Talk Real Estate events in April

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:31pm
Don’t miss the opportunity to meet face-to-face with U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam, John Shimkus and Luis Gutiérrez in their congressional districts and talk about the issues affecting real estate in IAR’s ongoing series, “Let’s Talk Real Estate.”

Countdown to Broker Renewal Deadline: IDFPR says the online CE course I took was not approved. What can I do?

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:22am
By April 30, 2014, Illinois Broker licensees must have completed the continuing education (CE) requirements and applied to renew their license through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Here is a frequently asked question as we get … Continue reading →

“Crime Free” housing proposals require close scrutiny

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 8:13am
In the last decade, several Illinois municipalities have passed what is commonly known as the “Crime Free Housing Ordinance.” The stated purpose of these ordinances is to help prevent criminal activities in rental housing. The Illinois Association of REALTORS® has … Continue reading →

Countdown to Broker Renewal Deadline: Last Chance for Broker Post License!

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 1:00pm
If you are an Illinois broker licensed between Feb.1, 2012 and Jan. 31, 2014, and you still need to complete the 30-hour Broker post-license requirements for your renewal, we have just ONE more webinar before the April 30 renewal deadline. … Continue reading →

REALTORS® join Quinn in promoting Welcome Home Illinois

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:04am
Illinois REALTORS® were on hand for the official roll-out of a new homebuyer loan program backed by Gov. Pat Quinn. Called Welcome Home Illinois, the program aims to help first-time buyers buy a place of their own. The program comes … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Illinois REALTORS® make progress on Murphysboro Habitat build

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:33am
Murphysboro’s strong Habitat for Humanity organization is one of the reasons the southern Illinois community was chosen to be the site of one of three IAR Habitat builds in Illinois this year, IAR President Phil Chiles told the local newspaper, … Continue reading →

Get Involved! Serve on the IAR Board of Directors

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 8:30am
Interested in serving a three-year term on the IAR Board of Directors? Click here to download an application form, criteria, campaign guidelines and more. All applicants will be interviewed by the Nominating Committee.

Updated IAR chart tracks General Assembly bills of interest to REALTORS®

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:28pm
Lawmakers are out for the next two weeks. But this past week was busy as they worked to meet bill filing deadlines. IAR’s Julie Sullivan has updated her tracking chart which chronicles what bills are dead and alive, and what … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Getting Boomerang buyers back in homes of their own again

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:49am
Boomerang homeowners who lost their homes to foreclosure or short sale during the recession, may not have to wait as long to qualify to buy a home again, under the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) Back to Work Program. Instead of … Continue reading →